Saturday, March 28, 2009

Mandatory videography at polling booths in Naxal hit areas

Raipur, March 28 (PTI) To check bogus voting in Naxal-hit areas of Chhattisgarh, the EC today said there will mandatory videography at sensitive and hypersensitive polling booths in the states, apart from deployment of observers.
Election Commissioner Navin Chawla told reporters here that the EC had received information on bogus voting being held in Naxal-hit areas in the past.

"To prevent such incident, the EC has decided that the polling will be videotaped at this booths," he said.

The EC will send 33 observers to the state to oversee the elections, he said In the worst-hit Bastar region, the polling will end at 3 PM.

The state's Chief Electoral Officer has been directed to complete the exercise of distribution of voter ID cards before the elections.

However, in case the voters residing in Salwa Judum camps and rurals areas have not got Voter ID card, then they will be allowed to vote after showing their employment card provided under the National Rural employment Guarantee Scheme. However, the family members will have to come together to vote, he said. PTI

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